In Conversation, Patti Smith Talks With David Remnick, Life Off The M Train

It’s getting close to that exciting time of the publishing season when Patti Smith’s new book, M Train, is about to become available.

My wife and I had attended a previous talk when Patti Smith introduced her first non-fiction novel, Just Kids. We saw Patti speak at the 92nd Street Y with Sam Shepard. It was an illuminating evening for us. We purchased Just Kids that January 21st, 2010 evening. Patti Smith autographed our copy for us. 🙂

Just Kids has become my favorite book of the millennium.  It has won the National Book Award, deservedly so. I am eager to read the next phase of Patti’s life, M Train.

We are ticketed to see Patti Smith conduct a talk at The New Yorker Festival 2016 on October 3rd. It is very special for us that the event takes place at the School of Visual Arts Theatre on West 23rd Street in Chelsea. Our son is an alumni of SVA (2008) and this brings it home for us as we adore our son, SVA and Patti Smith.

We have our fingers crossed that we can once again purchase a copy of Patti Smith’s new book, M Train and that she will be autographing copies that evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY JESSE DITTMAR

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. Her 1975 album “Horses” has been hailed as one of the top hundred début albums of all time. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication awarded her the title of Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor awarded to artists by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Her memoir “Just Kids” received a 2010 National Book Award. Her new book, “M Train,” will be released on October 6th.

David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker.

M Train – Patti Smith

I just know this will be my favorite book this year. Patti Smith’s M Train is due to be released on October 6th by Knopf.

The photo on the book’s jacket is a sacred memento for Patti Smith: It shows her at Cafe ‘Ino in Greenwich Village, where M Train begins, and where Smith went every morning for a breakfast of black coffee and brown bread. On the last day before Cafe ‘Ino closed, a passing photographer took the picture. Smith calls it “the first and last picture at my corner table in Ino… My portal to where.”

Soon I can have that cup of coffee with Patti in the Village I have dreamed about…

((Photograph: Claire Alexandra Hatfield/ Jacket design: Carol Devine Carson))